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Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. – 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24

Having lived in the South, I have heard these four words uttered many times as I’ve entered someone’s house: “Make yourself at home.”  Some folks, I am sure, really mean that but for many it’s just a figure of speech.  In our text, Paul referred to God as “the God of peace.”  This peace comes from the Holy Spirit’s making Himself at home I our lives.

Can we stop for a moment and take inventory? Are there rooms in our hearts where the Holy Spirit may not be at home?  We often compartmentalize our lives:  our spiritual lives, social lives, professional lives.  We have all been in someone’s home and not felt at home.  When this happens we are not ourselves at all.  Thus we must welcome the Holy Spirit into every room in our hearts.

Paul continued by saying God wants to sanctify us completely – not merely one compartment of our lives.  As we open our hearts to Him, confess our sin that has resided there, and give Him access to every room the result will be peace, which is a by-product of God’s presence.

Do you desire more peace?  Surrender every area of your life to the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit!

— Brady Cooper, LIVING IN THE LIGHT